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132 days ago

Free Pet Dental Checks and 15% Off Dentistry

Craig from Companion Vets

Has your cat or dog got a smelly breath?
Are your pets teeth discoloured brown?
Does your pet seem to be eating less?
Dental infections, fractures and cavities can cause your pet alot of pain and sufffering without your knowledge.
Keeping teeth free of tartar helps avoid tooth extractions and … View more
Has your cat or dog got a smelly breath?
Are your pets teeth discoloured brown?
Does your pet seem to be eating less?
Dental infections, fractures and cavities can cause your pet alot of pain and sufffering without your knowledge.
Keeping teeth free of tartar helps avoid tooth extractions and decay.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your pets dental health then we are offering free dental checks to evaluate your pets dental status as well as reduced dentistry if needed.
Call the clinic on 07 222 3337 or book online.

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153 days ago

Special 50% off Consultation Fee for any new Clients

Craig from Companion Vets

Companion Vets is offering 50% off first consultation to any new client coming in for an appointment in March when they mention this post. Come in and be impressed by our wonderful new facilities while getting a discount vet consultation. Reference code 50%CONSULT DISCOUNT

169 days ago

10% off Vet Consultations and Vaccinations

Craig from Companion Vets

Hi everyone, as a special over Level 2 lockdown for the next few days Companion Vets are offering 10% off all consultations and vaccinations.
Feel free to share this with all your family and friends.

170 days ago

Vets and Covid Alert Level 2

Craig from Companion Vets

Companion Vets Limited - What to expect at Level 2
Hello to all our valued clients

As you will no doubt have heard – the COVID Alert Level for Hamilton has now been raised to Level 2.

Companion Vets will remain open and we will be implementing some measures to help keep everyone safe at this … View more
Companion Vets Limited - What to expect at Level 2
Hello to all our valued clients

As you will no doubt have heard – the COVID Alert Level for Hamilton has now been raised to Level 2.

Companion Vets will remain open and we will be implementing some measures to help keep everyone safe at this time including:

• Wearing masks - the CVL team will be wearing masks as sometimes we need to be closer that 2m. We encourage our clients to wear masks too.

• Tracing - We will be encouraging clients to use the COVID Tracer app or our manual sign in sheet.

• Hygiene - We will have a bountiful supply of hand sanitizer and will encourage it’s use.

• Social Distancing - We will be encouraging social distancing especially in our reception. Luckily, this will be easily facilitated through the use of our separate cat waiting area, and our smaller dog and larger dog waiting areas as well as our generous consult rooms.

• Health &Wellness - As a precaution we ask you to please postpone your appointment if you are not feeling well, or if you or a household member have been tested for COVID and are awaiting a result.

Finally – please feel free to ring us if you need to make a plan to fit with your situation – we are only a phone call away!

Kind regards,

The Companion Vets Team

174 days ago

Is your dog struggling with itchy ears?

Craig from Companion Vets

Are ear problems frustrating you and your dog?
Are you finding that your dogs ears are constantly getting infections and recurring problems?
Does your dogs ears always seem to have a musty odour or brown discolouration?
After swimming your dog does it constantly rubs its ears?

Then call us, we … View more
Are ear problems frustrating you and your dog?
Are you finding that your dogs ears are constantly getting infections and recurring problems?
Does your dogs ears always seem to have a musty odour or brown discolouration?
After swimming your dog does it constantly rubs its ears?

Then call us, we get great results sorting out troublesome ongoing ear problems.
Our aim is to treat the underlying problem long term so the infections don't keep recurring.
Currently we are offering free ear cytology in order to help us make a diagnosis and sort out the problem.

213 days ago

Infectious Canine Cough

Craig from Companion Vets

Last night on TV One news was an article about infectious canine cough commonly referred to as kennel cough.
( I have added the link to the article).

I thought the reporting was a bit light on real facts and quite scaremongering so here is Companion Vets view on canine infectious cough to put our… View more
Last night on TV One news was an article about infectious canine cough commonly referred to as kennel cough.
( I have added the link to the article).

I thought the reporting was a bit light on real facts and quite scaremongering so here is Companion Vets view on canine infectious cough to put our clients at ease.


WHAT IS INFECTIOUS CANINE COUGH?

This is not a new Covid virus or related infection!

Kennel cough is the common name for canine infectious tracheobronchitis. It’s a respiratory infection in dogs caused by a wide range of bacteria and viruses. Canine cough is highly contagious and the main symptom is a harsh, hacking cough.

It is not a new disease but is one that often present in the canine population and seems more prevalent through summer as dogs are boarded or are exposed to more individuals through the holiday season.

Canine cough creates an inflammation of the dog’s upper respiratory tract, including the trachea (wind pipe) and larynx (voice box).

The most common cause is a bacteria strain called Bordetella bronchiseptica. Dogs are more likely to be infected by Bordetella when their immune system is weakened, usually by an infection from a respiratory virus.

HOW DO I KNOW MY DOG HAS CANINE COUGH?

If a dog has canine cough, the main symptom is a consistent, forceful cough. Apart from coughing, your dog shouldn’t feel ill and should still have a good appetite.

However, some strains of infection can cause other symptoms like sneezing, snorting, a runny nose or eye discharge.

The cough can be very worrying clinically, sometimes sounding like your dog has something stuck in their throat. It can be dry and hoarse or produce mucus, which the dog often tries to swallow.

If a dog really does have something stuck in its throat it wont be able to swallow, so often will drool saliva profusely, be unable to eat and possibly paw at its mouth. If it is just coughing then unlikely to be a foreign body in throat.

HOW IS CANINE COUGH SPREAD?

Kennel cough is highly contagious and can easily be spread from one dog to another. When dogs cough, the bacteria and viruses become airborne and can quickly spread to other animals. It can also be transmitted in dog toys, food bowls or other shared objects.

Many dogs get it from being exposed in dog kennels and shelters, which is where the illness gets its common name. They become infected by being around other dogs who have the cough. But with the way dogs socialise with lots of nose to nose contact they can just as easily get it mixing and playing with other visiting dogs at home and when at dog parks.

The incubation period is between 2 and 14 days, during which time the dog will be contagious.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

A surprisingly long time of around 10 days, but canine cough should clear up within three weeks. Sometimes it can take up to six weeks to clear up for older dogs or those with existing medial conditions.

SHOULD I SEEK TREATMENT?

For a persistent cough its often good to get it checked as in some rare cases the illness can progress to pneumonia so contact your vet if your dog’s condition doesn’t improve.

There are also other diseases that can cause coughs that aren't respiratory infections.

If you dog does develop a cough, as with Covid, they should self isolate from other dogs to minimise spread, so no visits to dog park and they should stop attending doggy day care or going into boarding.

If you do seek a veterinary assessment then please let your vet know if you a presenting a dog for cough symptoms, as they should take actions to prevent spread to other clients pets.

At Companion Vets we will bring your pet through our side entrance consult room to avoid interactions with other dogs in our waiting room.

When you arrive leave the coughing dog in the car and discuss with your vet or vet nurse first how they wish to manage this possible contagious infection.

IS THERE ANY TREATMENT?

The vet may be able to prescribe antibiotics for canine cough to target the Bordetella bacteria to help it clear faster. If needed, they may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory to sooth your dog’s throat.

If your dog has a cough then often good to reduce exercise and stop walking with a collar as that can stimulate ongoing coughing.

IS THERE A VACCINE?

Protection against some of the viruses that can cause kennel cough is included in puppy and annual booster vaccinations. These viruses include canine distemper, canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type two.

Your vet can also provide a vaccination against the main bacterial cause, Bordetella – this can be via an oral or nasal spray or an injection. Most boarding kennels and doggy day care require dogs to have the vaccination before their stay.

However, because kennel cough has a wide range of causes and strains, this vaccine cannot guarantee protection for your dog but does reduce infection rates and severity of infection.

Hope this information puts you at ease with your pet in these pandemic times.

If you have any concerns about a coughing dog this summer then isolate them and seek veterinary advice on how best to manage them.

Regards
Dr Craig Brighouse
Companion Vets

233 days ago

Relocation of Local Vets to New Premises

Craig from Companion Vets

Hi everyone, there seems to be some confusion out there.

3 Local Veterinarians including Dr Craig Brighouse and Dr Fran Sandbrook are no longer practicing on Te Rapa Road. Craig and Fran are now at Companion Vets.

We are the team that won the 2018 vet practice of the year award and we are now at… View more
Hi everyone, there seems to be some confusion out there.

3 Local Veterinarians including Dr Craig Brighouse and Dr Fran Sandbrook are no longer practicing on Te Rapa Road. Craig and Fran are now at Companion Vets.

We are the team that won the 2018 vet practice of the year award and we are now at our new, independent, locally owned and operated vet practice Companion Vets at 46 Church Road in Pukete.

Our Purpose is Pets

To acheive our purpose we have surrounded ourselves with a team of experienced local nurses including our nurse leader Alice Gasnier who won the 2017 veterinary nurse of the year award.

If you have dealt with us in the past and know our team, you know we are experienced in delivering exceptional pet care and customer service.

To make an appointment either call us during opening hours on
07 2223337
or use our online portal via our website www.companionvets.co.nz... to book anytime, day or night.

For all you parents and caregivers out there we have the most essential need and that is easy safe offstreet parking!

But wait there is more!

Our new clinic caters for the vast differences in our client pets with separation of quieter small dogs from larger boisterous individuals in reception to minimising feline stress completely with a separate quiet cat waiting room away from dogs provided.

We have two operating theatres, dental room, two radiology rooms and a beautiful sunny workup space for inpatients.

We are very pleased that we can offer a comfort room with external entrance when it come to those very difficult and stressful end of life decisions.

We have plenty of photos and videos of the practice, inside and out on our Google Maps location at 46 Church Road if you want to view the facilities. maps.app.goo.gl...

If you wish to join our practice there is an online registration form on www.companionvets.co.nz... or email your details to info@companionvets.co.nz to be contacted.

All the best from the Companion Vets Team

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